Patcharin Jongjai 2020/06/17 , ( 295 views)
In the midst of the crises that are currently besetting the world, i.e the PM2.5 dust, the Coronavirus or COVID-19 global pandemic and the economic downturn in all parts of the world, UBU remains concerned about its community members (faculty, staff and students) including the animals that reside on campus. To date, the number of dogs living on campus has constantly increased resulting in a low quality of their health and livelihood. Dogs that have been abandoned by their owners serve as one factor towards the increase of the dog population on campus. It also helped increase the types of dog breeds on campus that roam around the university’s staff and student dormitories as well as faculty buildings. Due to this co-existence between UBU community members and the dog population, the university is concerned for the health of all beings at the university. In response, the Office of Physical and Environmental Management organized a forum to hold a discussion on how to the control population of dogs on campus and how to properly vaccinate them. The event was presided over by Dr. Narintorn Boonbrahm, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture andheld at the Central Learning Building 4 (CLB4) on 24 March 2020. The event aimed to develop the best practice to deal with dogs on campusin accordance with the systematic principles of animal care. The forum created space for many individuals from UBU and the larger Ubon area to share knowledge and collaborate on possible solutions together. On this special occasion, Assistant Professor Dr. Preecha Boonchoong, Assistant to the President for Academic and Research Standard, Dr. Supot Roschan,Veterinary Medicine, Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Livestock and Dr. Nontakorn Urasopon, Veterinary Medicine, the Faculty of Agriculture honorably served as the keynote speakers while Assistant Professor Dr. Chalermchai Wongrak Assistant to the President for International Relations and Education, served as the moderator of the forum.
For the 2020 fiscal year, it has been recorded that 64 dogs are to receive rabies vaccinations from the university. This is to help prevent the spread of disease, as well as improve the well-being of the dogs and UBU community members. As a result of the forum, the Office of Physical and Environmental Management, the Faculty of Agriculture and Ubon Ratchathani Livestock have agreed to work together to control the dog population on campus while also helping improve the life quality of the UBU community simultaneously. Dogs on campus are to be sterilized and vaccinated against rabies. Furthermore, a doghouse that will allow dogs to receive food from the university will be built to ensure the dogs do not starve. It is expected to be completed before the next academic semester. UBU hopes to maintain healthy and hygienic conditions as well as improve its life quality and security for all its community members and the general public.
Revised/translated by: Jarinda Boonjan
Original (Thai) version by: Plern Wichaiwong
English revised by: Thaviny Shaipitisiri
Photos by: Plern Wichaiwong